10 Newsletters Our Editors Are Addicted To
Is your inbox neat as can be or a wild and untamed madhouse? Either way, we can all stand to inject some serviceable information to break up the endless influx of sale announcements and such. That’s why we’re so psyched to be in the golden age of email newsletters that inform, inspire, and make our morning scroll totally productive and exciting. To get the skinny on which newsletters are worth a subscription, we asked our editors which they recommend most. Scroll on for the top 10.
Designed to present everything you need to know to start your day off informed, from politics to international news to buzzy bits of pop culture, theSkimm is the modern millennial’s guide to the issues of the world. Its length and format are accessible, digestible, and downright useful.
Sign up if… You wish you read The New York Times cover to cover but just don’t have time for that.
Committed to showcasing visual content related to global art, design, culture, fashion, beauty, music, and travel, the NOWNESS newsletter premieres a new video every day that is beautiful, educational, horizon-expanding, and unique.
Sign up if… You crave visual and artistic newness every day.
Landing in your inbox every Sunday, the Brain Pickings newsletter culls the week’s best articles on topics as wide-ranging as zen wisdom, pop music, positive psychology, children’s books, art, and more. It’s one of the most impressive vehicles of discovery, including beautiful images, excerpted quotes, and passages, and will likely introduce you to things you never knew you gave a damn about.
Sign up if… You have a voracious appetite for learning about many topics and are always seeking to quench your curiosity.
A weekly dispatch of easy-to-consume portrait interviews, The Talks newsletter brings the perspectives of powerhouses across every manner of creative pursuit—the likes of Anish Kapoor, David Lynch, Helen Mirren, Bruce Weber, Charlotte Rampling, James Franco, and more—to your inbox.
Sign up if… You love reading and learning about successful industry trailblazers and great thinkers.
“You’ll learn something new every day” is the pitch of Now I Know, a daily newsletter from creator Dan Lewis, a devoted member of the church of curiosity. From the strange origins of cotton candy to the birth date of President Lincoln’s secret service, Now I Know delivers surprising, well-researched bits of knowledge you never even knew was out there.
Sign up if… You are known to tumble down Wikipedia holes and love a good random fact.
Modern design destination Design Milk’s newsletter is dedicated to the latest news in art, architecture, interiors, furniture, tech, and everything in between. You’ll up your design cred in no time.
Sign up if… You love design-world eye candy and being the first to hear of a new collab or trend.
Erica Cerulo and Claire Mazur, the team behind retail website Of a Kind, have made their business from discovering small businesses and makers, curating covetable small-batch fashion and décor releases. Their weekly “10 Things We’re Doing Besides” emails are full of little snippets of insider know-how, from the recent book release they can’t put down and a new restaurant they’re haunting to crafty household hacks and cool new product finds.
Sign up if… You love tapping your hip, in-the-know friend for his or her latest discoveries and obsessions.
Each week, Austin-based artist Austin Kleon sends out 10 things he personally believes are worth sharing, with topics digging into art, culture, and pop culture. It’s a super-succinct bulleted list, which makes for easy and casual consumption, as if you have a pen pal of sorts.
Sign up if… You appreciate the opinions of a few of your most creative friend regarding what to read and see.
One of the first arrivals in the curated email newsletter space, Very Short List (VSL) is a super-quick weekday dispatch that reviews pop culture topics and interesting tidbits ripe for discovery. Each VSL is curated by a different contributor, ensuring that featured topics and perspectives are reliably fresh and rich.
Sign up if… You prefer a quick dispatch of only the gems from the cultural trenches.
Just 800 words long, the Quartz Daily Brief will keep you abreast of the buzziest of news, plus a smattering of fun and thoughtful items (nested under categories like “What to watch today,” “While you were sleeping,” “Quartz obsession interlude,” etc.). We love it for its straightforward, no-nonsense design and snappy writing.
Sign up if… You want a highly distilled daily catch-up session on a variety of topics.
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